Local ‘fixture’ for soccer manager

Dave Jones for courier news item feb 2012

Dave Jones for courier news item feb 2012

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football manager Dave Jones has signed up for an evening of football chat and recollections at Garstang next week.

Jones, ex-manager of Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, is guest of honour at a fundraising event in aid of the Leonard Cheshire Home, Oaklands, Garstang, on Monday, February 27.

Jones started his professional career with Everton in his home town of Liverpool.

He played as a defender with the Toffees for seven years, during which time he represented English at both youth and under-21 level.

He left Everton to play for Coventry City in 1981 for a transfer fee of £275,000, but after three seasons there he picked up a knee injury which threatened to end his football career.

After recovering from this injury, he played two further seasons for Seiko in Hong Kong and one season for Preston North End before moving into management eith some of Britain’s leading clubs, the last being Cardiff City.

He left Cardiff in May 2011 after three successive near-misses in his attempts to steer the Bluebirds to promotion to the Premier League.

During his time at the top he frequently hit the headlines. His autobiography, “No Smoke, No Fire”, was published in three years ago.

Next Monday’s event, to be held at the Crofters Hotel, Cabus, will be hosted by Andy Bayes, a sports presenter with Radio Lancashire.

It starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are £7.50 (adults), £5 (children 12 and under).

They are available from the Cheshire Home (01995 602290) or the Crofters (604128) or from organiser Mr Barry Illsley (01995 600129).